An ark full of animals wearing protective goggles wait patiently as ark welding repairs are made by Noah.
A few weeks ago, it came to my attention that someone was selling an Ark Welder on eBay. Looking at the advertisement, I was disappointed to find that it was an ordinary arc welder for sale and that a typo had been made. Still, I liked the idea that there might be a welder out there specifically designed for the welding of arks. I have included a grab of the eBay ad below.
Inspired by the advertisement, this is my impression of an ark welder in action. Obviously I couldn’t draw every animal on the ark, let alone two of every animal, but I added in what I could fit. I suspect Noah’s Ark may have been a little bigger than this to accommodate all the animals. I haven’t drawn it to scale.
While Noah is working with the ark welder, no doubt some of the animals would be curious and want to watch what is going on, so I decided to give them all protective eyewear for safety reasons.
As I was colouring this, I had a bit of trouble finding a suitable effect that was representative of arc welding. At first I just coloured a star pattern onto the ark hull and it looked more like Noah was spray painting than welding. I eventually settled for a kind of fireworks effect. At least the animals could ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ at the pretty colours while they watched and waited.
For anyone playing ‘spot the continuity error’, arc welders (nor ark welders for that matter) weren’t around in Noah’s time, but even if they were, according to this diagram, they were self powered and didn’t require an external power source.